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LaDainian Tomlinson was jogging toward the locker room while his backup was running the other way, into the end zone.

By the end of the game, San Diego's players were all heading in the same direction -- a little bit closer to the playoffs.

Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes for the Chargers (8-4), who won their fifth straight game to pull within one victory of the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos.

The Broncos lost, 31-27, at Kansas City, which is tied for second -- as well as the last wild-card spot -- with the Chargers. The defending division champion Chargers beat the Chiefs, 28-20, on Oct. 30, and the teams play again in Kansas City on Dec. 24. The Chargers will host Denver in the season finale on Dec. 31.

Of course, San Diego must still play at undefeated Indianapolis, on Dec. 18.

San Diego got a scare when Tomlinson came out with a rib injury late in the second quarter. After talking with the team's medical staff on the sideline, he jogged to the locker room, accompanied by a doctor, with 22 seconds left before halftime.

A few seconds later, Michael Turner ran in from the 2 for a 17-10 Chargers lead.

Tomlinson was back for the start of the second half, carrying on the Chargers' first two plays.


Oakland: FG Janikowski 37, 11:33.

San Diego: FG Kaeding 41, 8:49.


San Diego: Gates 6 pass from Brees (Kaeding kick), 11:14.

Oakland: Anderson 16 pass from Collins (Janikowski kick), 6:59.

San Diego: Turner 2 run (Kaeding kick), :18.


San Diego: Parker 1 pass from Brees (Kaeding kick), 4:55.


San Diego: FG Kaeding 32, 13:33.

San Diego: Hart 70 interception return (Kaeding kick), 6:29.

Attendance: 66,436.

RaidersChargersFirst Downs 1619Total Net Yards 291274Rushes-Yards 17-8138-126Passing 210148Punt Returns 1-01-14Kickoff Returns 7-1263-87Interceptions Ret. 0-01-70Comp-Att-Int 22-40-117-22-0Sacked-Yards Lost 3-262-12Punts 4-37.54-43.0Fumbles-Lost 1-11-0Penalties-Yards 0-01-15Time Of Possession 25:2234:38RUSHING

Oakland: L.Jordan 15-55, Crockett 1-24, Lechler 1-2.

San Diego: Tomlinson 25-86, Turner 7-34, Neal 3-8, Sproles 2-2, McCardell 1-(minus 4).


Oakland: Collins 22-40-1-236.

San Diego: Brees 17-22-0-160.


Oakland: Moss 7-74, Porter 6-50, Gabriel 2-28, Crockett 2-13, L.Jordan 2-10, R.Williams 1-34, Anderson 1-16, Whitted 1-11.

San Diego: Tomlinson 5-24, McCardell 4-60, Gates 4-51, Parker 3-22, Neal 1-3.


Oakland: Janikowski 61 (WR).